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18th Jul '16 1:13:36 PM TheGreenHerring
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* Zhora does this when being chased by Deckard in Film/BladeRunner. She IS a replicant, though.
* Averted in Hellboy, where broken glass does indeed become a mess of razor-sharp skewers that impale the hero. But he's a demon, so he can more or less walk this off.

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* Zhora does this when being chased by Deckard in Film/BladeRunner. She IS ''is'' a replicant, though.
* Averted in Hellboy, ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'', where broken glass does indeed become a mess of razor-sharp skewers that impale the hero. But he's a demon, so he can more or less walk this off.
* Averted in ''Film/TheKarateKidPartII'', where [[OldMaster Mr. Miyagi]]'s strategy for [[CurbStompBattle humiliating]] [[EvilMentor Kreese]] after the tournament from [[Film/TheKarateKid1984 the first movie]] is to [[DeadlyDodging dodge his punches]] so Kreese puts his fists through the car windows behind him, cutting up his own hands.
15th Jul '16 12:23:49 PM livestockgeorge
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** Related case in ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' (TheOneWith [[GreenAesop The Whales]]), where a plate glass window at Starfleet HQ shatters in a storm, hurting nobody. Once again raising issues as the ubiquity of transparent aluminum in Starfleet is a plot point in the film. You think they might have sprung for some in the man control room at headquarters.

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** Related case in ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' (TheOneWith [[GreenAesop The Whales]]), where a plate glass window at Starfleet HQ shatters in a storm, hurting nobody. Once again raising issues again, this raises issues, as the ubiquity of transparent aluminum in Starfleet is a plot (to the point where Scotty knows the formula by heart) and the extent to which it's better than glass, are actual plot points in the film. You They actually compare the strength of glass to the strength of transparent aluminum in dialogue, and quite a bit of time is spent getting an acceptable 20th century substitute. The implication is that it's completely superseded glass. You'd think they might have sprung for some in the man main control room at headquarters.headquarters, but apparently not...
19th Jun '16 8:07:35 PM Scorntex
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* Parodied in one issue of ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons'', when a moth dramatically smashes through Bart's bedroom window. Bart then mutters that Homer needs to stop replacing the windows with stunt glass.
** Played straight in a later issue, where Lindsey Neagle escapes via the Simpsons' house via a window when Lisa calls her on her lies, with no apparent injury.
18th Jun '16 2:10:09 PM TheMasterPanda
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* In ''Literature/TheBandsOfMourning'', Wax jumps out of a window in order to escape after being [[spoiler: framed for murder.]] Slightly downplayed in that he does make an attempt to soften his impact by shooting at the glass first, then taking the impact on his arm, which he'd wrapped in his coat.
6th Apr '16 12:02:04 AM EdwardGil
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* ''VideoGame/{{Uninvited}}'' averted this trope by making every single window you break into jagged glass, thus any attempts to escape that way would lead to death by blood loss. May be a side effect of the GhostButler, definitely to cause a ClosedCircle.
15th Mar '16 6:59:59 PM thymeloop
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See also AGlassInTheHand and GrievousBottleyHarm, where the strength of glass is also underestimated.

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See also AGlassInTheHand and GrievousBottleyHarm, where the strength of glass is also underestimated.
underestimated. Compare HollywoodGlassCutter.
1st Mar '16 10:38:39 AM GreenDragon500
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* Largely averted in an episode of StargateSG1 in which Daniel observes an experiment go wrong from behind a pane of safety glass. He has to shoot it into the glass with his gun several times in order to weaken it and ''then'' jumps through. It is played a little straighter though, when he only has a very small number of minor cuts after doing this.
28th Feb '16 12:30:35 PM Tightwire
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[[RealityIsUnrealistic Glass is harder than you think it is.]] It takes a lot of force to break a glass window, and, even if you succeed, you have many shards of glass all over the place, which can be [[SharpenedToASingleAtom sharper than a surgical scalpel]]. However, horribly hurt heroes aren't awesome. [[RuleOfCool It's so much cooler]] to have your BadAss ActionHero effortlessly leap through a window and come out unharmed.

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[[RealityIsUnrealistic Glass Normal glass is harder than you think it is.]] It takes a lot of force to break a glass window, and, even if you succeed, you have many shards of glass all over the place, which can be [[SharpenedToASingleAtom sharper than a surgical scalpel]]. However, horribly hurt heroes aren't awesome. [[RuleOfCool It's so much cooler]] to have your BadAss ActionHero effortlessly leap through a window and come out unharmed.
8th Feb '16 9:38:34 AM MarsJenkar
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** This also comes up when testing glass that is tempered and/or laminated; the glass rarely breaks in the ways that one would expect, and definitely not easily. To break tempered glass, you either need a ''big'' impact (like, say, crashing a car into it), or you need something that concentrates the force delivered onto a single point (like a window-breaking hammer, or a spring-loaded center punch), or something that combines the two ideas (like shooting a BB gun at it with sufficiently high speed).
** There's also a recurring (unintentional) gag where the [=MythBusters=] try to shatter a bottle for some reason (whether to christen something or as part of the experiment), only to fail because the bottle won't break. This came up during the Buster Special (and also shown in [=MythBusters=] Revealed), the Jaws Special, and the "[[GrievousBottleyHarm Bottle Bash]]" myth. In the last of the three, Adam points out that the bottles are built to be shipped, and so are meant ''not'' to break.
24th Jan '16 1:00:55 AM crushed19
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* In ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', Tony Stark without the armor is bodily thrown by Loki through a glass window of his penthouse, from a ''distance'', yet Tony is still unhurt and alert enough to call the armor to him right before he turns into sidewalk pancake. Hawkeye also looks unscathed when he hurls himself through a window, but at least Creator/JeremyRenner makes it look like it hurt like a bitch.
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